(BEIRUT) -- The Islamic Shiite group Hezbollah orchestrated the collapse of Lebanon's government last week by pulling out of the ruling coalition. The head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, is now talking publicly about the political move. He went on Lebanese television to defend the decision and deny allegations in a United Nations report expected to come out this week.
Nasrallah defended his decision to pull out of the Lebanese government by blaming the Prime Minister for rejecting a political compromise on an upcoming U.N. report into the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik Harriri. Nasrallah accused the U.S. and Israel of ruining a compromise by pressuring Harriri and once again blamed Israel for the murder of the former Lebanese leader.
Nasrallah has repeatedly condemned the U.N. investigation which reportedly found compelling evidence that senior Hezbollah militants killed Rafik Harriri.
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